QI | Alan's Big Bamboo Rant!

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    This clip is from QI Series O, Episode 16, 'Overseas' with Sandi Toksvig, Alan Davies, Bill Bailey, Desiree Burch and Colin Lane.
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Comments • 93

  • SeanTheOriginal
    SeanTheOriginal 23 days ago +4

    If they aren't endangered anymore then how about we start making panda steaks?

    • Raquel Dobson
      Raquel Dobson 8 days ago

      Kangaroo Steaks, Burgers, etc - are something everyone needs to look into - they have overpopulated Australia & it’s a lean healthy meat... Try that one! :-)

    • Howard Smith
      Howard Smith 16 days ago

      @DarkParagon I prefer passenger pigeon myself.

    • DarkParagon
      DarkParagon 19 days ago

      I know right!? There was nothing wrong with Dodo burgers, they were brilliant! Better than chicken!

  • Annette Poke
    Annette Poke Month ago +2

    I love love love Qi, however, am in Australia and cannot for love nor money, find DVDs or blue rays anywhere. Is there anywhere that I can purchase episodes? I would appreciate any advice. Thank you in advance world 🌍 🙏🏻🙏🏻😍😍💖💖🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    • fenhen
      fenhen 23 days ago

      I think it’s on Britbox, if you can get that in Australia?

  • Natheniel Becken
    Natheniel Becken Month ago


  • Scott Whitehead
    Scott Whitehead Month ago +4

    I learned something else here - see the panda with jazz hands? 5 fingers and a thumb!
    So I googled and sure enough, this is normal!
    five fingers
    A panda's paw has six digits-five fingers and an opposable pseudo-thumb (actually an enlarged wrist bone) it uses merely to hold bamboo while eating.20 Jan 2010
    Ten Interesting Facts about Giant Pandas | Blog Posts | WWF

  • Daniel Beaney
    Daniel Beaney Month ago +1

    I swear Alans just a grown up version of Ben from Outnumbered. ( Its a British sit com on Netflix for those who don't know)

  • AceFailure
    AceFailure Month ago +2

    I know about this! It's been my dream job for about 3 years now!!

  • Fray Pantera
    Fray Pantera Month ago +4

    I love how much more Sandi laughs at Alan's shenanigans

  • TheZapan99
    TheZapan99 Month ago +5

    Bill being the MVP by yes-and-ing the bit right when Alan had a lull. Seriously, no amount of "woke diversity comedian" can replace these chaps.

    • TRiG (Ireland)
      TRiG (Ireland) Month ago +3

      Bill was great, yes.
      And no one's trying to replace these guys, so keep the irrelevant butthurt out of what was otherwise a positive and enjoyable comment.

  • Frank Verdino
    Frank Verdino Month ago +4

    Is Alan ever sober?

    • Joske Tobben
      Joske Tobben 29 days ago +3

      More sober than when Mr. Fry-yer-brain is around I'm sure. Half his autobiography is basically complaining about his coke habit. The other half is insinuating how awesome it is despite..

  • JimFC Gregg
    JimFC Gregg Month ago +13

    I've just noticed something: sometimes when Sandy is audibly laughing, there's no motion to indicate it! You can just barely see her throat twitching as it articulates the laugh. See 0:43. I had to view that a few times to figure out the picture hadn't frozen.

  • Howard Send
    Howard Send Month ago +4

    Alan mimes all his jokes.

  • ohnoitschris
    ohnoitschris Month ago +11

    Alan seemed to channel Eddie Izzard a few times there

  • Michael Duddy
    Michael Duddy Month ago +3

    Bill said you can make scaffolding out of bamboo. I think he plays Minecraft.

    • Michael Duddy
      Michael Duddy Month ago +1

      @Hyperspace Jester sure you can make an asian country in minecraft.

    • Hyperspace Jester
      Hyperspace Jester Month ago +4

      A lot of Asian countries literally use bamboo for scaffolding.

  • MrsGisawesome
    MrsGisawesome Month ago

    panda with jazz hands....lol

  • Justin Kalman
    Justin Kalman Month ago

    One of many things I learned as a security guard at the Museum of Sex in NYC is stuff about pandas. For example, most pandas in captivity are so utterly clueless about what it is to BE a panda that they can sometimes be shown pandas having sex in videos, panda porn, in order to give them some idea of what it is like so that they can have a chance at breeding.

  • Just Vin
    Just Vin Month ago +4

    Love the Withnail and I reference.

    • Ashley Hyatt
      Ashley Hyatt Month ago +1

      @Nathaniel Cann It would be great to see Ralph Brown on QI!
      His Danny character made a slight comeback in The Boat that Rocked. Well, somewhat similar character (Danny the later years lol). For a different taste of his work you could check out The Black and Blue Lamp.

    • Nathaniel Cann
      Nathaniel Cann Month ago +3

      Just Vin I burst out laughing when I heard Allen say that! Would love to see Danny on QI!!

    • Ashley Hyatt
      Ashley Hyatt Month ago +5

      "Who says it's a Camberwell carrot?"
      "I do. I invented it in Camberwell and it looks like a carrot."

  • Pipe Tunes
    Pipe Tunes Month ago

    The best part is no fry the bottom

  • Dave Rivers
    Dave Rivers Month ago +11

    Panda with jazz hands. You don't see that everyday!

  • dielaughing73
    dielaughing73 Month ago


  • I Do What I Want
    I Do What I Want Month ago +6

    Alan looks like a turtle in the thumbnail

  • Mergrew 01
    Mergrew 01 Month ago +115

    I love when Bill takes off normal, and puts on weird! He and Alan just riff.

    • T Electronix
      T Electronix Month ago

      He was fine till he worked in that bookshop.

    • eoinh1
      eoinh1 Month ago

      Just spliff

  • Diana Alksne
    Diana Alksne Month ago +5

    Bill said you could build scaffolding with bamboo. A fellow minecrafter. Warms my heart.

    • Rares Dan Pologea
      Rares Dan Pologea 24 days ago +1

      @MEKKANNOID r/whoosh

      MEKKANNOID 24 days ago +1

      @Rares Dan Pologea Start living in the real world, not everything is a computer game.

    • Rares Dan Pologea
      Rares Dan Pologea Month ago

      I absolutely refuse to acknowledge that bamboo has been known by anyone anywhere outside of minecraft! I bet Bill even has his own minecraft server and probably mods too!

    • stiimuli
      stiimuli Month ago +4

      That wasn't a Minecraft reference, it was a Chinese reference. The Chinese were famous for bamboo scaffolding long before Notch was even born.

  • hcAdonis
    hcAdonis Month ago +1

    Alan is not that funny..... cringe humour

    • Jez Brown
      Jez Brown 9 days ago

      I bet he understands subjectivity though.

    • hcAdonis
      hcAdonis Month ago

      Dead Doll who are you Alans agent??

    • Dead Doll
      Dead Doll Month ago +1

      @hcAdonis You saying so doesn't make it so.

    • hcAdonis
      hcAdonis Month ago

      Gryph Lane who cares if he is than me but still not funny

    • Gryph Lane
      Gryph Lane Month ago +3

      He's funnier than you.

  • KeppyKep
    KeppyKep Month ago +270

    Alan is absolutely incredible.
    And Bill is so skillful. He saw how Alan was starting to slow down, so jumped in with a quick bit, allowing Alan to rebound and keep going. Incredible

    • Alan Canon
      Alan Canon Month ago +9

      Payback for Gerard de Nerval's lobster Monsieur Clicky.

  • Lumpy
    Lumpy Month ago +2

    Alan make me fully erect

  • Turrebo
    Turrebo Month ago +42

    I thought this was going to be another Blue Whale trap

    • floooooooooooooooood
      floooooooooooooooood 28 days ago

      That would be impressive.

    • The sandwich
      The sandwich Month ago +3

      Sky whales coming over the jungle just dropping from the sky to CRUNCH on their prey! The deadliest prey! BAMBOO.

    • Voltaic Fire
      Voltaic Fire Month ago +1

      Always suspect the cunning blue whale.

  • HelpI'mObsessedWithTheBosnianWar

    Who's the black woman?

    • armin
      armin Month ago +2

      I've barely heard her say anything, let alone anything funny.

    • Pony Montana
      Pony Montana Month ago +1

      Desiree Burch? Never heard of her but Google tells me she's a former dominatrix🤷‍♂️

    • ChadW
      ChadW Month ago

      It literally says her name in the description.

  • PlainsPup
    PlainsPup Month ago +23

    Could've also said red panda, as opposed to giant panda; the two are not very closely related, despite the name.

    • PlainsPup
      PlainsPup 29 days ago

      @SmashPortal That's right!

    • SmashPortal
      SmashPortal Month ago +1

      The sad part is that red pandas are still endangered, and that means that he answered the question correctly.

  • puirYorick
    puirYorick Month ago +7

    They're cute and cuddly as cubs but still grow up to be grumpy solitary bears with general antisocial attitudes. Ask Homer Simpson. 😨😨

    • Stefanos G
      Stefanos G Month ago

      Let the bears pay the bear tax!

  • Rasmus n.e.M
    Rasmus n.e.M Month ago +66

    Bill's comment: "You can make a xylophone out of it!"
    Me: "Yes! And it's not even a tree!"

  • Ian Montgomery
    Ian Montgomery Month ago +3

    They are Giant Pandas.

  • Deco Dolly
    Deco Dolly Month ago +42

    Third time in a row that I'm watching a QI upload before YT have notified me that it's here. Either I'm a witch or YT's admin needs some work.

    • Deco Dolly
      Deco Dolly Month ago

      @SkyWizardless If you got better as a newt than you were before, I shall send you an invoice for services rendered!

    • SkyWizardless
      SkyWizardless Month ago +2

      She's a witch, she turned me into a newt!
      I got better.

    • tvdan1043
      tvdan1043 Month ago

      Deco Dolly can you build a bridge out of yourself? If you can, then you weigh the same as a duck. And therefore... WITCH!!!!!

    • HaraTaiki
      HaraTaiki Month ago +1

      @HairyHariyama they definitely didnt worship it!

    • Shiny Swalot
      Shiny Swalot Month ago

      @HairyHariyama I gotta say, I love your name

  • Monty Python the Flying Circus

    You can never replace Alan.... the show would never be the same without him...

    • Daria Lu,
      Daria Lu, 21 day ago


    • Lugh Summerson
      Lugh Summerson Month ago +1

      Mel Giedroyc would be a better Alan than Alan.

    • Howard Send
      Howard Send Month ago +1

      Monty Python the Flying Circus Do you like him miming every joke?

    • Stewart Boyle
      Stewart Boyle Month ago

      Monty Python, no

    • artistjoh
      artistjoh Month ago +5

      Monty Python the Flying Circus Alan was better, more restrained with Stephen. The whole show went from wonderful to only okay when Stephen left.

  • BobEckert56
    BobEckert56 Month ago +2

    My like is incomplete without Sandy and the gang!!

  • David Willson
    David Willson Month ago +1


  • New Message
    New Message Month ago +1

    Pandas would eat you, and everyone you love in an instant, if they could. It's all a long con, and they're sucking us in for the big massacre to come... mark my words.

  • Max
    Max Month ago +4


  • DinoLover
    DinoLover Month ago +4


    • Daniel Foley
      Daniel Foley Month ago +1

      @DinoLover did you just..? Nevermind

    • DinoLover
      DinoLover Month ago +2

      good work bro, very quick